Join the Workplace Recycling Revolution!
Rethink Recycling’s Business Guide was recently updated to include a 5-step guide to starting a recycling program, upgraded “how-to” guides and a recycling pledge. The business recycling guide also helps local businesses make smart recycling and disposal decisions. Access the ReThink Recycling Business Recycling Guide.
Minnesota Waste Wise
Minnesota Waste Wise offers free environmental consulting to help businesses save money through waste reduction, resource conservation, and energy efficiency. For more information call 651-292-4675 or view their website.
Maplewood Success Stories
Halloween Express of Maplewood contacted the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation for assistance in adding a single stream recycling program. “Being a business owner, there is so much waste that can be recycled. I’ve wanted to have a recycling program for a long time,” said Halloween Express owner Luis Berocay. Luckily for Luis, Maplewood businesses are able to enroll in city’s residential recycling program at a drastically reduced rate compared to most commercial recycling programs. Read more.
Success Personal Fitness
Success Fitness poised and interesting challenge for recycling as they do not own their building. After meeting with Travis and having a look around Success Fitness, Waste Wise recommended that he add two recycling carts from the city, and improve the bins and signage inside the building in order to standardize collection practices and capture as much recyclable material as possible. In addition, Waste Wise recommended switching from the use of paper cups to plastic cups which could be easily recycled in the new single stream recycling program.
Ramsey County Care CenterMuch like other care facilities, the Ramsey County Care center creates a lot of organic food waste from operations. Likewise, there is a significant amount of cardboard from products delivered to the facility. As with recycling at all Ramsey County facilities, bottles, cans, and mixed paper are also collected to maximize what can be recycled from operations and also provide residents and visitors to the facility an opportunity to recycle.
Free Money for Business Recycling - BizRecycling
BizRecycling provides free resources and assistance to Ramsey and Washington County businesses that want to learn more about recycling opportunities for paper, bottles, cans, food and other organic waste. The goal is to promote job growth and protect the environment by helping schools, restaurants, healthcare facilities, and other local businesses recycle more.
Grant monies are now available for businesses and institutions for up to $10,000 in assistance. No matching funds are required. The starter grants provide funding to get a recycling or food waste/organics recovery program up and running at your place of business. Funds can be used for purchasing equipment and supplies, or in creating the educational materials needed to educate staff or inform the public. Already have a program in place but still interested? No problem! These funds are for you too. We know there’s always room for improvement. Just need containers? That’s an option too. Purchasing the right containers to maximize your recycling efforts can be the most costly part of implementing a new or improved program.
Small Business & Church Recycling
Maplewood is offering an opportunity for small businesses and churches to opt into the city's Recycling Program. The city contracts with Tennis Sanitation for recycling collection at single family and multi-family homes and can accommodate the collection of recyclables at small businesses and churches. Download the Small Business and Church Recycling Opt In Form (PDF). If you have questions about recycling at your church or business please call 651-249-2305 or by email at chris.swanson@maplewoodMN.gov.